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Public Can Tour Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction ‘Gallery’

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Cancer, Integrative Health, Our Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

All of the quilts in the auction were quilted and not just tied. There's at least one, though, that has tie-dyed squares. This hopscotch quilt is hanging on the first floor of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion at 28th and L streets.

All of the quilts in the auction were quilted and not just tied. There’s at least one, though, that has tie-dyed squares. This hopscotch quilt is hanging on the first floor of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion at 28th and L streets.

SACRAMENTO — The public is invited to tour an unusual, free art gallery through Saturday, Oct. 11. Nearly 500 newly made, donated quilts adorn the walls of the Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L St., Sacramento, and its neighboring facilities as part of the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction, which is held every three years to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment programs at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

Started in 1999, it is considered the first of its kind in the nation and has led to the creation of similar fund-raising auctions. More than $550,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 2,500 quilts in the past five auctions.

Most of the donated quilts are currently hanging throughout the halls of the seven-story Sutter Cancer Center, also known as the Buhler Specialty Pavilion. Some quilts are also hanging in the bridge that connects the Buhler to Sutter General Hospital, in the Sutter General lobby, and on the first floor hallway of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion, which is located across 28th Street from the Buhler Specialty Pavilion.

Most of the quilts will be won through silent auctions, with 50 of the best or unique being auctioned off live on Oct. 11 in the newly remodeled lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion.

The fabric-art works were made by quilters throughout the Sacramento region as well as some from around the nation and Canada. Some of the quilts have cancer themes, but the bulk don’t. All of them, though, were hand-crafted with love and care, and each can be considered a work of art. Jeanne Powell, auction committee chairwoman and a two-time breast-cancer survivor, emphasizes that all of them are newly made and are quilted, not just tied.

“These people aren’t just giving their quilts,” Powell says. “They’re giving the time to make them and to donate them.”

From now until Oct. 11, art lovers and other members of the public can check out the quilts from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. A table on the first floor of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion details how to place silent bids on the fabric-art pieces. The silent auction will end on the afternoon of Oct. 11. The live auction will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 11.

Quilting as an art form was recently highlighted at the Crocker Art Museum, which had an exhibit this summer called, “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” This year, the Crocker is putting an artisan quilt up for auction and donating half of the proceeds to cancer research and programs at Sutter. The work was a collaboration between many quilters and even includes a square made by Mayor Kevin Johnson. That quilt can be seen at the Crocker Art Museum.

“We’re very proud to be part of this event with Sutter,” said Kerry Wood, director of advancement at the museum. “It’s clearly a good cause that we’re happy to support. The people involved in making the squares have been inspired to know that the quilt will support the Cancer Center.”

For details on the quilt auction, including how to place bids and individual photos and information on most of the quilts, go to www.suttermedicalcenter.org/quiltauction/. If you have questions, please email quiltauction2014@sbcglobal.net or call (916) 887-7070.

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Cancer, Integrative Health, Our Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments